Things to Do


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians

It is often quoted, significantly, that the Great Smokies have more species of trees than the whole of Europe. A great variety of herbaceous plants are also found in abundance in the Southern Appalachians as well – reportedly over 1500 species.

Men’s Garden Club of Asheville

The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville is a non-profit organization of gardeners residing in Asheville and Buncombe County. The Club has been in continuous operation since 1940. Monthly meetings present a wide verity of subjects by area garden experts. Our greenhouse is the source 14,000 flowers and shrubs each year for our spring and fall plant sales. Proceeds go to horticulture scholarships at two local Community Colleges. The Club Mission is gardening education, beautification, community service, with emphasis on fellowship. Extensive gardening knowledge is not required.

Buncombe County Extension Center

As the population of Buncombe County continues to grow, new homes arebuilt and new residents arrive from other parts of the country. Thismeans more people need reliable information on planting and maintaininglawn, garden, and landscape areas in Western North Carolina. In aneffort to meet these demands for information, Cooperative Extension isavailable to help county residents manage their landscape and gardenareas in an environmentally responsible manner.

Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship.

Asheville Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, North Carolina is located in one of the three most diverse temperate ecosystems on earth – the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our collections are primarily native species displayed in both natural settings and in ways designed for ease of examination and beauty.

(828) 252-5190

Blue Ridge Rose Society

Blue Ridge Rose Society meets at 2:00pm the second Sunday of each month at American Red Cross Building, 100 Edgewood Rd., Asheville.

828-645-4485 or 828-891-2516

32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Visit the 32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: From Inspiration to Creation.” from Sept 26th to 28th, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4:30 pm. The show will be held at the WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building featuring over 250 quilts. Find quilts for sale, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors and product raffles. Entrance fee $6.

WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC Directions

North Carolina Botanical Gardens

North Carolina Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1966, the 80-acre Piedmont Nature Trails at UNC – Chapel Hill provide over two miles of hiking trails through piedmont woodland.

North Carolina Arboretum

A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.